The Last Mile of the Way

The Last Mile of the Way

by The Soul StirrersThe Soul Stirrers


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While the Soul Stirrers' catalog has been thoroughly documented on many Specialty reissues, the 28 tracks presented here show that even their secondary and/or alternate cuts were outstanding. They pioneered the use of a double lead, with Sam Cooke's wondrous tenor contrasted by several other superb vocalists from Paul Foster to Julius Cheeks. There's even one cut where guitarist Bob King takes a turn at the microphone and doesn't disgrace himself. Through the many performances -- previously released or not -- it's instructive to hear the discussions, fragments, and partial pieces that show the Soul Stirrers experimenting and perfecting the formula that made gospel history.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/1994
Label: Specialty
UPC: 0022211705222
catalogNumber: 7052
Rank: 66387


  1. The Last Mile of the Way
  2. Mean Old World
  3. That's Heaven to Me
  4. Were You There?
  5. Were You There?
  6. Lord Remember Me
  7. Pilgrim of Sorrow
  8. He's My Guide
  9. He's My Guide
  10. He's My Guide
  11. The Last Mile of the Way
  12. The Last Mile of the Way
  13. Pilgrim of Sorrow
  14. All Right Now
  15. He'll Make a Way
  16. Jesus I'll Never Forget
  17. Come and Go to That Land
  18. Come and Go to That Land
  19. Just as I Am
  20. He'll Welcome Me
  21. He's My Friend Until the End
  22. Jesus Paid the Debt
  23. Jesus Will Lead Me to That Promised Land
  24. Jesus Will Lead Me to That Promised Land
  25. It Won't Be Very Long
  26. How Far Am I from Canaan?
  27. How Far Am I from Canaan?
  28. Let Me Go Home

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Soul Stirrers   Primary Artist,Vocals
Sam Cooke   Leader,Vocals
J.J. Farley   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Wes Bailey   Vocals
Thomas L. Bruster   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Rev. Julius Cheeks   Bass,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
L.C. Cook   Drums
Roy Crain   Tenor (Vocal)
Leroy Crume   Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Wilton Felder   Electric Bass
Ken Floyd   Vocals
Paul Foster   Vocals
Evelyn Gay   Piano
Jimmie Gordon   Organ
Eugene Maye   Vocals
R.B. Robinson   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Don Villareal   Vocals
Faidest Wagoner   Piano
Willie Webb   Organ
Jim Gordon   Organ
Millionaires   Vocals
Bob King   Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal)
Jesse J. Farley   Bass

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Arranger,Contributor
James W. Alexander   Producer
J.J. Farley   Contributor
Mike Akopoff   Producer
Rev. Julius Cheeks   Contributor
Roy Crain   Arranger,Producer
Paul Foster   Contributor
Lee Hildebrand   Producer
Opal Nations   Producer,Reissue
Art Rupe   Producer
Daniel Wolff   Liner Notes
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Kirk Roberts   Cover Photo
William B. Bradbury   Composer
Charlotte Elliot   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Smith   Arranger
Bob King   Contributor
Lee Hilderbrand   Producer,Series Supervision,Reissue

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